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Rear Admiral Richard D. West

Former President/CEO, Consortium for Oceanograhic Research and Education, [CORE]; Former Oceanographer and Navigator of the U.S. Navy

Admiral West served as President/CEO of the Consortium for Oceanographic Research and Education (CORE) from August 2002 until December 2007. As President of this DC-based non-profit organization, he led efforts to promote ocean research and education within the U.S. federal government on behalf of the academic and private ocean research community. Admiral West significantly expanded the membership of CORE and was instrumental in promoting several ocean initiatives and the establishment of a U.S. integrated ocean observing program. He has testified before the U.S. Congress on several marine related policy issues and has addressed the United Nations on Safety of Life at Sea. Admiral West serves on two marine related U.S. Federal Advisory Committees and continues as a consultant on national and international maritime issues.

Admiral West served as Oceanographer and Navigator of the Navy where he managed a $400 million program providing oceanographic, meteorological, geospatial and navigation support to the U.S. Navy from 1999 to 2002. As the first Navigator of the Navy, he led the Navy’s transition to electronic navigation. As Oceanographer of the Navy, he was the Department of Defense representative to the U.S. Ocean Commission. Admiral West was a career Surface Warfare Officer serving on several ships. Admiral West served in Vietnam with the riverine forces and commanded three ships, two during hostilities in the Arabian Gulf.

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